Where is ionizing radiation encountered?
Cody Miles | July 4, 2018
Ionizing radiation is both naturally occurring as well as man-made. The primary source of natural background radiation is radon. Radon is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that is the product of the decay of uranium and thorium. Exposure to high concentrations of radon has been linked to lung cancer. Ionizing radiation can also be found naturally in rocks, soil, and in cosmic rays from our solar system.
Man-made forms of ionizing radiation come from medical sources such as diagnostic x-rays and nuclear medicine treatments. It also comes from consumer product sources such as building materials, televisions, smoke detectors, combustible fuels, and tobacco. The nuclear fuel cycle, nuclear weapons testing, and nuclear reactor accidents also cause a level of exposure.
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